random visibility of computers on my network!

Posted on 2009-04-16
Last Modified: 2013-12-09
I have 5 XP and one Vista computers on my network. Visibility (for example of their shred folders) of some of these to others on the network seems to be available randomly - certainly in no way I can fathom. I have McAfee on all these computers.

Any suggestions for making them all visible to each-other all the time?

Many thanks
Question by:Peborgh
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    Expert Comment

    Add the IP's and PC names of the PC's that are acting as servers to the hosts file on each PC.

    Author Comment

    OK, rindi, I found the .ICS files on one machine and it has only itself in it. Could you expand a bit on exactly what this file's contents are used for?

    Many thanks,


    Author Comment

    Oh, and btw, my network assigns IP addresses dynamically: TheBigOne was 102 yesterday and 101 this morning... What does that do to your proposal?

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    Accepted Solution

    Anything on a network that acts as a server should be given a static IP. So first check your IP Range that your DHCP server assigns, and then give your "Servers" an IP that is either below or above that range, or if your DHCP server has that option, set it up so that it gives your servers always the same IP (it can do that based on the MAC address of the NIC).

    Then edit your hosts files (usually in C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc) and add the IP's and the Hostname of the servers, similar to this:         PC1         PC2

    This file is a replacement for a DNS server so your system can easily resolve to hostnames.

    Author Comment

    The problem has evaporated! Now I can see all shared folders on all computers.
    Don't ask me how! A certain amount of re-booting and going on to the next day appears to have sorted it...
    I'll never fathom Microsoft's ways...
    Many thanks for helping, guys...
    Points for really trying!

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